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Papist Wixford, Warwickshire

Photo credit: Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

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An oil painting depicting a village near Stratford-upon-Avon. Wixford is mentioned in a verse associated with the tale of Shakespeare's drinking contest at Bidford-on-Avon.

According to this tale, Shakespeare drunk himself to a stupor and lost the contest at the Falcon Inn. The following morning, when his companions suggested they return to avenge their defeat, Shakespeare refused, having had enough of supping with 'Piping Pebworth, Dancing Marston, Haunted Hilbro` [Hillborough], Hungry [Temple] Grafton, Dudging Exhall, Papist Wicksford [Wixford], Beggarly Broom, and Drunken Bedford [Bidford]'.

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Stratford-upon-Avon

  • Date

    early 19th C

  • Medium

    oil on millboard

  • Measurements

    39 x 55 cm

  • Accession number

    SBT 1994-19/24

  • Acquisition method

    purchased, 1946

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